OSHA: measuring success

Since 2001, OSHA (federal and state-run programs) has placed a heavy emphasis on “reaching out” to educate employers and employees on OSHA standards and their respective industries to ensure and maintain compliance. Almost 4 million students have completed OSHA Outreach Training Programs (both online and class-room based). In 2010, a record number of students (781,578) were educated through Outreach Training Program. Although OSHA has gone through many changes, one goal has remained intact…to reduce the number of workplace injuries and fatalities.

2003-2009

  • 25% decrease in total recordable cases
  • 27% decrease in days away from work cases
  • 33% decrease in sprains/strains related injuries
  • 36% decrease in back injuries (including spine, spinal, neck)
  • 21% decrease in fall related accidents (all industries; non-fatal)
  • 19% decrease in fatal accidents
  • 10% decrease in fall related fatalities

(source: Bureau of Labor Statistics)

Outreach Delivery is Evolving

The way in which OSHA Outreach Education is being delivered is changing as well. In 2002, OSHA approved a handful of online vendors to start providing eLearning OSHA 10/30-hour General Industry & Construction courses (UL Workplace Health & Safety, formerly Puresafety was and remains one of them) In the first year, only 483/254403 (.0019%) completed their training online. In 2010, 111,062/781,578 (14.21%) completed their training online. eLearning has increased about 230% since its inception with positive growth each year. This is a trend that will continue to increase in years to come.

(source: OSHA Outreach Training Program)

Why the Popularity?

It’s true…eLearning is the most popular and cost effective method to deliver training. There are many factors that can be contributed to this positive growth. I will only discuss three of them as there are many other factors that may be attributed to this rise (if you have a theory, please comment and share).

First, tighter regulations and increased enforcement efforts has “fueled the fire” for employers to reach compliance, and eLearning provides a more flexible way of delivering that training. Employers can train their employees while not sacrificing prolonged time away from a work-station or job site as individual learning modules can be completed during down time at work or at home (after all, employees should be working a majority of the time, not training) eLearning allows the organization to stay focused on the their day-to-day operations while providing the highest quality training at a fraction of the cost. Combined with a rich learning management system, it is easier to manage comprehensive safety and health training; ensuring that nothing falls through the cracks and training records are easily accessible in the event that they are needed.

Next, with a rapidly changing workforce structure, more and more companies are losing the “brick and mortar” and converting to mobile workforce structure to increase their market-share and reduce operational costs. Organizations that once operated locally or regionally are now forced to increase their radius of operation to remain in business. With employees engaged in work operations at many different job sites, secondary locations and even different states, the logistical barriers of bringing in all these employees together for traditional classroom training is not only costly, but nearly impossible. eLearning provides the most sound, feasible solution for an organization to raise employee awareness and a valuable tool in maintaining compliance.

Finally, after realizing the value of a well-trained workforce, organizations want to have a clear and consistent message when it comes to safety and health training. In a traditional class-room environment, what a student learns depends entirely on the expertise of the instructor. An instructor might have more experience in Electrical Safety compared to Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). Thus, more emphasis and better quality instruction is put on what the instructor is comfortable with presenting rather than what is equally important to emphasize. In other words, the quality of your instruction depends on the instructor’s knowledge and experience.

UL Workplace Health & Safety, formerly PureSafety

Since embarking on the journey to provide quality, online OSHA 10 and OSHA 30 hour training to our construction and general industry clients, UL Workplace Health & Safety has processed more than 20,200 OSHA 10 and OSHA 30 hour cards.

Every organization wants to measure results. We are no different here at UL Workplace Health & Safety! What do nearly 40,000 cards look like? 141,526 inches of cards. 11,794 feet of cards. 3,932 yards of cards. 4,042 pounds of cards.

UL Workplace Health & Safety remains dedicated to providing first-class eLearning modules for OSHA 10 & OSHA 30 Hour instruction. We currently offer the following OSHA 10 & OSHA 30 Hour Training Modules via On Demand:

UL Workplace Health & Safety’s PureSafety Learning Safety Management System (LSMS) is designed specifically for safety professionals by safety professionals. Built with compliance-based training in mind, the LSMS supports a proactive “push” approach to training.

Every organization’s training needs are different, so we provide flexible delivery and pricing options. That includes the convenience of PureSafety On Demand — a pay-as-you-go training solution that allows you to complete or manage training anywhere, anytime.